28.07.2017

Workplace Learning (työssäoppiminen)

What is it about?

The idea is for you to find a job, e.g. over the summer, and while on the job or performing a task, to get a chance to apply the competencies, skills and knowledge that you have acquired so far in your English studies. You will probably also learn something new and gain further insights into what is involved in being an expert in the English language.

What kind of jobs or tasks can be considered for workplace learning?

The jobs or tasks can range from translating extensive texts from Finnish into English, or vice versa, producing documents in English (e.g. technical documentation), checking and/or editing documents for their language (e.g. company brochures, media texts), working for a company/organization with international contacts, including the tourism industry, for a research team (e.g. as a research assistant), or as a (substitute) teacher to expand your range of teaching experiences in addition to teacher training or work in the summer as a group leader (or the like) in organizations (e.g. EF) that offer language courses in English-speaking countries for Finnish or international students.

It is your responsibility to find a suitable job or task for these purposes. Keep an eye on the notice board in the Department of Languages / English: job opportunities are occasionally advertised there and so are training opportunities for university students (yliopisto-opiskelijoiden työharjoittelu, application in early spring). CIMO or AIESEC might also be a way to find a job abroad.

However, before accepting a job or task, please contact Tiina Suominen 1) to discuss the details and 2) to get a contract form - to be signed by all parties involved (that is, you, the department, and your employer).

While on the job, keep a diary of your experiences and/or collect sample texts to be included in your report - as appendices/attachments.

How many ECTS credits can you earn?

You can earn 5 ECTS credits through workplace learning. The length of the employment/job suitable for this purpose depends on the type of job or task and its challenges; you might even consider expanding this into a master's thesis.

What does writing a report involve?

The idea is for you to report on your workplace learning (minimum 5 pages in English) - from the perspective of a future language expert. More specifically, as background information, you can describe:

  • your employer and the organization and your place within it
  • your job/tasks, specifying the competences, skills and knowledge that the job/tasks required of you.

In the main body of your report you should:

  • describe in as much detail as possible what you have learned on the job/tasks (backing this up with sample texts, teaching material, etc.)
  • discuss how your studies had or had not prepared you for these
  • consider your experiences in relation to your career prospects and employment in the future
  • (re)consider your understanding of what is involved in being an expert in the English language and possibly provide feedback on this type of a "course" and its organization.

For more information, see departmental instructions in Finnish / in English